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If you do not have a knot in your stomach, you should.  Hearts managed to relegate themselves last season through inept performances against teams clearly below them in the food chain.  They upped their game against Hibs and (especially) Newco, posing questions that the Budgeocracy has yet to consider.  On Sunday, we face a team of usually-can’t-be-bothereds with a grudge.

In October, they started their Championship campaign by putting six goals past Dundee, whom they blame for siding with Peter Lawwell in the discussions that determined how last season’s league campaign would end.  Then they beat Hibs, who they can always be bothered to play, in the Scottish Cup semi-final.

The new stands at Tynecastle act as a reservoir of resentment and Celtic are top of their list.  Who else, other than their players, either managers, or the insightful new broom that was going to show football how it’s done in the business world, is there to blame for their relegation than Celtic.

And then there’s Eddie.  You and I didn’t really discuss this at the time.  A photo circulated showing the keeper took him out, but that was ‘fake news’ as it was not of the penalty incident in the 2019 final.  Hand on heart; I think we got away with one then.  A goal down in the second half, Odsonne Edouard took control; before you knew it, you were celebrating a Treble Treble.

I do not respect Heart of Midlothian FC whatsoever, but I respect any opponent who can so readily cultivate the unifying resentment that can produce results like the 4-0 that ended Celtic’s world record 69 domestic games unbeaten.  This is a proper team, better than most in the Premiership and more than capable of winning on Sunday.  If we are one inch less prepared than them, we will lose.

Before the Lille and Kilmarnock wins I saw a shroud of defeat ahead at Hampden.  We may have turned it around just in time, but for now, the stomach remains knotted.

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  1. PETEC on 18TH DECEMBER 2020 11:04

     

     

     

     

     

    The Government that governs least, governs best, is a phrase that sticks in ma wee AYiA NAPA.

     

     

     

    ……………………..

     

     

     

    That’s a Tory philosophy PETEC

     

     

     

    It means that everybody is left to pursue their own ends. Tories believe in little government. We should all be responsible for getting our kids a good education, getting ourselves healthcare etc and pay as little income tax as we possibly can.

     

     

     

    Caring government means intervention, taxation, providing education and health care for all and taking care of the less fortunate. I prefer the latter.

  2. Quadruple Treble is a more significant achievement than 10 in a row.

     

     

    We should fear no one on this quest and play the game like its the biggest in our domestic history.

     

     

    I cant wait!

  3. Why does Lenny and Peter lament that the team are missing the fans’ influence in ‘helping win games’?

     

    Tosh to me: Every side’s in the same boat – even that lot.

     

    Spending 35mill should guarantee you have the best team/squad in the league; well able to beat every team in it, and definitely any nasties from a lower division too.

     

    If we squib this one, it’s a failure of attitude and application of superior skill. And another big question mark.

     

    Us ‘fans’ – a term Lenny’s had kinda redefined for him recently – have zilch to do with it.

     

    Mon ra Hoops – 3-1 at least!!

  4. It’s a cup final where we don’t have the advantage our fans would normally give us.

     

     

    Of course it won’t be comfortable.

  5. quadro

     

     

    so the manager and ex player/captain reckon the fans are missed

     

    the fans themselves consider themselves to be the 12th man

     

    numerous players and ex-players reckon the fans are missed

     

    the rotten mobs captain reckons the fans can impact their performance (adversely)

     

     

    tosh ?

  6. Team selection will have much to do with the result on Sunday.

     

    Stick to the winning formula and create that competition for places.

     

    Good quote from Sam Allardyce this week and he has used this philosophy before.

     

     

    Play the first pass forward.

     

     

    When it comes to turning defence into attack, Allardyce believes the first pass is vital. In order to catch opponents out on the break, he asks his players to play the ball forward as early as possible.

     

     

    “I was brought up to always make your first pass forward if you can,” he said. “Even against the best defensive team in the Premier League, it’s a quick forward pass that creates the opportunity to score.

     

     

    That is what Turnbull and Soro bring in my opinion.

     

    Keep players hungry and if they get a chance they have to take it, no matter who they are.

  7. the government that governs least is the government that does least to help its people, at the same time helping themselves and their friends

  8. QUADROPHENIAN

     

     

    Couldn’t disagree more,

     

     

    Good professionals thrive on the intensity of the atmosphere, if it gives you an extra 1-2% that can make all the difference.

     

     

    I think its a factor in our performance to date, particularly the new signings. They have never experienced a packed Celtic park in full throttle. The sterility can only be a bad thing when things aren’t going ell.

     

     

    Also think is allowed the Sevco side to play without the fear of upsetting the hoardes who historically turn against there own team when things aren’t going so well. Although recent events by a section of the Celtuce support would suggest they are not alone in this behaviour.

  9. We have no devine right to beat anyone, they will be working and preparing for a Cup Final just like us.

     

     

    Do suspect some dodgy refereeing to cheer up der hun after their defeat.

     

     

    Looking forward to it all the same – Celtic in a Cup Final looking for a 4×3 😊🍀

  10. levein reckons he’s sick of hearing of 10 in a row – would like to someone else win the league

     

    he also thinks that celtic are to blame for their relegation

     

    as if i needed another reason to dislike them any more…

  11. Notthebus

     

     

    How can new signings, who have never experienced a packed Celtic park, see their performance adversely affected?

     

     

    As Paul often mentions, if we make excuses for players……….

  12. What’s the chances

     

     

    Driving through Biddulph – car transporter coming the other way with an illuminated Celtic badge in the cab.

     

    I mean Biddulph.🍀

  13. Setting aside the Cup Final for a minute

     

     

    Why would Brexit, impact on our interest in an American player ??

     

    Granted he may not have the international games to qualify

     

    Nothing to do with Brexit 🤔

     

     

    Oh – I have absolutely no time for those Edinburgh Huns

  14. GuyFawkesaforeverhero on

    Neustadt-braw on 18th December 2020 12:04PM

     

     

    Slipped in the box, let Oddsonne in again

  15. David .will say a wee prayer for your aunt

     

     

    Bigjimmy happy birthday

     

     

    Sean T hope your lass has good dad

     

     

    History making quadruple to win- beep beep – serial winners comin thro :-)

     

    HH

  16. adi_dassler not for 2nd best on 18th December 2020 12:48 pm

     

     

    Sam Allardyce

     

     

     

     

     

     

    More like ‘Pass the envelope first’ 😂😂😂

     

    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

     

     

    That may be but we have squandered millions and do not think they all came to Celtic for the love of the game.

     

    The passing the ball forward was what I was trying to emphasize.

     

    Like him or loath him, he has some good ideas.

     

    Have a read.

     

     

    https://www.skysports.com/football/news/11095/12164115/sam-allardyce-at-west-brom-will-survival-blueprint-work-at-baggies

  17. Respect your opponent. But be proud to wear those Hoops and be confident.

     

     

    Oh an let’s pulverise them COYBIG

     

     

    D :)

  18. Paul67

     

     

    Sunday will reaffirm the stance Celtic took before Lille and Kilmarnock, but only if we win.

     

     

    Anything else is unthinkable, it’s a quadruple then on to revenge against Ross County and a continued recovery in the league.

     

     

    Bold team selection is the way forward if we are to have any chance of clawing back the league gap to the uninvincibles.

     

     

    Hazard

     

     

    Ajer

     

    Jullien

     

    Duffy

     

    Laxalt

     

     

    Christie

     

    Soro

     

    McGregor

     

    Turnbull

     

     

    El Younoussi

     

    Edouard

  19. SPIKEYSAULDMAN + NOTTHEBUS – I could be wrong, as I’ve been wrong once before or was I mistaken?

     

    To me, it’s just two groups of fit men trying to win a game of bravery, skill and chance.

     

    The ones with more expensive tags on them and better resources should be able to outplay ones from an inferior division. No matter how fired up with grudges the less skilled ones might be

     

    UNCLE JIMMY makes a great point about them’s that don’t know what they’re missing, too.

     

    If our boys use a lack of a gee-up from fans as an excuse in a game they can make football history, mibby they’re not really the Bhoys for me.

     

    ARISTOTLECSC

  20. big jimmy

     

     

    the new players have not had that extra lift provided by the fans…

     

    they wont have felt the infectious uplift in spirits that their team mates feel

  21. adi_dassler not for 2nd best on 18th December 2020 12:57 pm

     

     

    Mincey….joke..but never mind. Read later..

     

     

    No problem I get the joke pal..Hail Hail.

     

    I just want us to adopt a more forward thinking type of play as it is depressing to watch so may of our players go into a reset mode when we get the ball.

     

    We only adopted the fast thinking type when it was almost too late against Hibs.

     

    We have the players just get the mentality right and we can be who we were last year.

     

    Mincey likes jokes.

  22. SPIKEYSAULDMAN on 18TH DECEMBER 2020 1:02 PM

     

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    Sorry SPIKE but you have me mixed up with another handsome Tim…I didnt Post anything about players missing the supporters ?

     

    Bad start to my horses Today…My Favourite Trainer Nicky Henderson had TWO Horses in the first race at Ascot…I backed the wrong one, as his ” other” horse won at 11/1….although it was a bigger price when I put my bets on this morning ( 22/1)…I think ?

     

    I SHOULD have backed both of them…just in case……Im a Chump.

     

    HH

  23. BourneSoupRecipe

     

    Paul67

     

    Sunday will reaffirm the stance Celtic took before Lille and Kilmarnock, but only if we win.

     

    Anything else is unthinkable, it’s a quadruple then on to revenge against Ross County and a continued recovery in the league.

     

    Bold team selection is the way forward if we are to have any chance of clawing back the league gap to the uninvincibles.

     

    Hazard

     

    Ajer

     

    Jullien

     

    Duffy

     

    Laxalt

     

    Christie

     

    Soro

     

    McGregor

     

    Turnbull

     

    El Younoussi

     

    Edouard

     

     

    Yeah your Team Selection, should work out fine.

     

    However, I would have Polish Pat/Grif & Ajeti along with Greg Taylor & Ewan Henderson on the Bench.

     

    According to the Board we have signed Seven Players in the last Transfer Window, & Spent 35 Million Pounds. Where did they get those figures from? Cooking The Books, Or Trying To Pull The Wool Over Ones Eyes. & What happend to those two American Players they signed in the Summer of 2018? Yeah Mystery One & Two.

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